Volatile Artest Shows Tender Side in Kenya

Suspended Sacto swingman feeds starving children
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jul 17, 2007 4:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – The news of yet another suspension for unseemly behavior caught up with Ron Artest on  an African goodwill mission, serving rice to starving children in Kenya and caring for HIV-positive babies. Artest expressed contrition for the suspension, the result of a domestic violence charge levelled by his wife, but also satisfaction with his charitable work.

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Sacramento GM Geoff Petrie has vowed to keep Artest for the upcoming season, applauding the forward's newfound sense of propriety and empathy. The eight-year veteran said he planned to buy a house in Kenya to return in coming summers, and implored the media, "Please recognize the other side of Ron Artest." (Read more Kenya stories.)

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